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Five things we learnt in Serie A

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Milan (AFP) The Juventus attack is a work in progress, Marek Hamsik is on the Maradona trail for Napoli, it's Totti time at inconsistent Roma and Gianluigi Donnarumma is arguably AC Milan's biggest asset.

Here are five things we learnt in Serie A this weekend:

Juve front line a work in progress

Days before Juventus travel to Champions League opponents Dinamo Zagreb, Massimiliano Allegri is still experimenting with his front line.

Hamsik hits century as Napoli outclass Chievo

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Milan (AFP) Marek Hamsik celebrated hitting his 100th goal for Napoli in a 2-0 win over Chievo that will instill confidence ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash at home to Benfica.

Yet Slovakian international Hamsik, who is now only 15 short of equalling the all-time scorers' record at the club, held by former icon Diego Maradona, said the focus is now on Europe.

Shilton, Maradona trade barbs over ‘Hand of God’ World Cup goal

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Diego Maradona and former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton reignited on Wednesday their long-running feud, on the 30th anniversary of the Argentine's infamous "Hand of God" World Cup goal.

Maradona, one of the finest footballers to play the game, scored twice in Argentina's 2-1 victory over England in front of 115,000 fans on June 22, 1986 in Mexico.

Shilton, Maradona trade barbs over ‘Hand of God’ World Cup goal

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Diego Maradona and former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton reignited on Wednesday their long-running feud, on the 30th anniversary of the Argentine's infamous "Hand of God" World Cup goal.

Maradona, one of the finest footballers to play the game, scored twice in Argentina's 2-1 victory over England in front of 115,000 fans on June 22, 1986 in Mexico.

Maradona and the ‘Hand of God’ goal, 30 years on

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Buenos Aires (AFP) It was a day to live in footballing infamy, a day when the two contrasting sides of Diego Maradona were displayed to the world in the space of four breathtaking minutes at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium.

Thirty years after Maradona's "Hand of God" goal against England at the 1986 World Cup and the magnificent solo effort which followed it the controversy continues to resonate like no other.

Maradona and the ‘Hand of God’ goal, 30 years on

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Buenos Aires (AFP) It was a day to live in footballing infamy, a day when the two contrasting sides of Diego Maradona were displayed to the world in the space of four breathtaking minutes at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium.

Thirty years after Maradona's "Hand of God" goal against England at the 1986 World Cup and the magnificent solo effort which followed it the controversy continues to resonate like no other.

Germany’s ‘100-million-euro-man’ Thomas Mueller

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Berlin (AFP) Famously mistaken as a ball-boy by Diego Maradona after his Germany debut in 2010, Thomas Mueller will need no introduction at Euro 2016.

Despite having earned 70 caps and scored 31 goals for Germany, Mueller is still only 26 and is a shoe-in for club or country whether as a winger, attacking midfielder or striker.

Germany’s ‘100-million-euro-man’ Thomas Mueller

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Berlin (AFP) Famously mistaken as a ball-boy by Diego Maradona after his Germany debut in 2010, Thomas Mueller will need no introduction at Euro 2016.

Despite having earned 70 caps and scored 31 goals for Germany, Mueller is still only 26 and is a shoe-in for club or country whether as a winger, attacking midfielder or striker.

Lionel Messi

XI Delicious Photos Of Footballers Enjoying A Nice Bit Of Chocolate

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If only all football/chocolate tie-inwere so cool, eh?

In what is perhaps the most tenuous tie-in we've ever attempted here on Pies, here's XIphotos of football's great and good getting stuck into various chocolatey treats.

After all, what better way to mark 'International Chocolate Day' than revisiting that time Jerzy Dudek painted an Easter egg?

Can Messi Inspire Argentina to much awaited Copa Triumph

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Tough times never last, but tough people do.Robert H. Schuller

Will this be Argentina's and Messi's Copa America? From the time the little magician appeared in football stage, A Nation has been waiting for him to take the Footballing Nation to the heights never seen since Diego Maradona has retired (Or shamefully thrown out).

Weekly opinion: does Messi’s fifth Ballon d’Or make him the best ever?

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In my latest weekly opinion piece forThe Bubble, I predictably took a look at Lionel Messi, who won theBallon d'Or for the World Player of the Year for the fifth time on Monday. Individual awards are a bit daft in ... Continue reading →

Maradona y Messi por Martín Bossi.

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Martín Bossi imita a Diego Maradona recibiendo a Lionel Messi.
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Maradona mejor que Messi.

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Maradona sobre Messi.

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Cierto periodismo sigue con el tema Messi y la Selección Argentina y ahora le puso micrófono a Maradona para que opine del asunto y de la Copa América 2015:
"Es lógico caerle, es fácil. Tenemos al mejor del mundo, que va y hace cuatro goles contra Real Sociedad, y viene acá y no la toca.

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Puma Revive Achingly Beautiful ‘King Maradona’ Boot For Limited Edition Anniversary Run (Photos)

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With the 30th anniversary of Diego Maradona's mesmeric goal (the second one, not the first) against England at the 1986 World Cup passing last week, Puma have decided to mark the occasion by re-releasing one of the finest looking football boots they've ever committed to kangaroo leather.

Maradona sported a pair of eponymous boots upon his feet as he went about his business on that fateful day in Mexico City and, three decades on, Puma have revived the 'KingMaradona Super' for a special limited edition run in homage.

Photo: A young Jack Wilshere meets Diego Maradona

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#TBT a young Wilsh trying to get close to an absolute Genius pic.twitter.com/IeYMPdPeFJ Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) March 26, 2015 Arsenal...

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Sepp Blatter

Maradona to help FIFA chief Infantino resolve Argentine power struggle

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Zurich (AFP) Diego Maradona has offered to support new FIFA chief Gianni Infantino's bid to improve the running of the game in Argentina, world football's governing body said on Tuesday.

Elected in February to succeed Sepp Blatter, Infantino "had a very positive and constructive meeting" with Argentine football legend Maradona in Paris on June 10, a FIFA spokesperson told AFP.

Maradona claims Blatter taught Platini ‘how to steal’

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Rome (AFP) Former Argentina superstar Diego Maradona on Tuesday blasted FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini, who is bidding to succeed the Swiss as head of world soccer, as two of a kind.

"I'm outside all that because someone called Blatter closed all doors on me," former Maradona told Naples television station PiuEnne.

Maradona claims Blatter taught Platini ‘how to steal’

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Rome (AFP) Former Argentina superstar Diego Maradona on Tuesday blasted FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini, who is bidding to succeed the Swiss as head of world soccer, as two of a kind.

"I'm outside all that because someone called Blatter closed all doors on me," former Maradona told Naples television station PiuEnne.

Barnetta! Nogs out at least 3-4 weeks, McCarthy named USOC Player of the Round, more

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Union land Tranquillo Barnetta. Nogueira out at least 3-4 weeks. John McCarthy named US Open Cup Player of the Round. All-Stars win. More news.

Mbolhi is…back? More Union news

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Mbolhi returns, practices with the Union. More news.

Serie A

Higuain feels Napoli love but doubts on future persist

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Rome (AFP) History-making Gonzalo Higuain has declared his love for Napoli but left doubts hanging over his future as rumours persist of a possible move to the Premier League.

Higuain hit a hat-trick in a dramatic 4-0 win over relegated Frosinone on Saturday to take his league tally for the season to 36 in 35 games, in the process breaking a 66-year-old Serie A scoring record.

Higuain feels Napoli love but doubts on future persist

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Rome (AFP) History-making Gonzalo Higuain has declared his love for Napoli but left doubts hanging over his future as rumours persist of a possible move to the Premier League.

Higuain hit a hat-trick in a dramatic 4-0 win over relegated Frosinone on Saturday to take his league tally for the season to 36 in 35 games, in the process breaking a 66-year-old Serie A scoring record.

Napoli’s Higuain banned for 4 matches

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Napoli's Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain has been hit with a four-match ban following his sending off in Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Udinese, a blow for his team who are battling with Juventus for the Serie A title.

Higuain was shown his second yellow card for kicking out at defender Felipe, prompting the striker to launch a verbal tirade against the referee.

Napoli’s Higuain banned for 4 matches

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Napoli's Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain has been hit with a four-match ban following his sending off in Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Udinese, a blow for his team who are battling with Juventus for the Serie A title.

Higuain was shown his second yellow card for kicking out at defender Felipe, prompting the striker to launch a verbal tirade against the referee.

Napoli can keep dreaming of Scudetto, says Higuain

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Napoli can keep on dreaming of a first scudetto in more than a quarter of a century, said striker Gonzalo Higuain after taking his Serie A goal tally to 29 in 30 games with a brace in a 3-1 win over Genoa on Sunday.

Napoli, chasing a first Serie A title since the heady days of Diego Maradona in 1990, had slipped to six points off the pace after Juventus cruised to a 4-1 derby win at Torino.

Napoli can keep dreaming of Scudetto, says Higuain

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Napoli can keep on dreaming of a first scudetto in more than a quarter of a century, said striker Gonzalo Higuain after taking his Serie A goal tally to 29 in 30 games with a brace in a 3-1 win over Genoa on Sunday.

Napoli, chasing a first Serie A title since the heady days of Diego Maradona in 1990, had slipped to six points off the pace after Juventus cruised to a 4-1 derby win at Torino.

Rafael Benitez has not fulfilled expectations with Napoli

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Much of Rafael Benitez's two seasons in charge of Italian club Napoli has resembled his time at Liverpool.

The Spaniard won silverware in the form of the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana. However, many will remember his time at the Stadio San Paolo for delivering very little despite having a squad that could have won the club's first Scudetto since the days of Diego Maradona.

Rafael Benitez has not fulfilled expectations with Napoli

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Much of Rafael Benitez's two seasons in charge of Italian club Napoli has resembled his time at Liverpool.

The Spaniard won silverware in the form of the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana. However, many will remember his time at the Stadio San Paolo for delivering very little despite having a squad that could have won the club's first Scudetto since the days of Diego Maradona.

The malaise of Parma F.C. is a truly saddening Italian soccer story

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During the 90′s and early years of the new millennium the Italian Serie A was undoubtedly the number one league in Europe. Ronaldo, Marco Van Basten, Diego Maradona, Paolo Maldini, Kaka, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Del Piero, Edgar Davids, Pavel Nedved, Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Sebastian Veron, Ruud Gullit, Careca and Zinedine Zidane to name but a few.

The malaise of Parma F.C. is a truly saddening Italian soccer story

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During the 90′s and early years of the new millennium the Italian Serie A was undoubtedly the number one league in Europe. Ronaldo, Marco Van Basten, Diego Maradona, Paolo Maldini, Kaka, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Del Piero, Edgar Davids, Pavel Nedved, Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Sebastian Veron, Ruud Gullit, Careca and Zinedine Zidane to name but a few.

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Diego Maradona Reveals Hatred For ‘The Simpsons’ On Argentinian Chat Show Before Squabbling With Actor Who Provides Homer’s Latin Voice

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Diego Maradona managed to get himself into a bit of a quarrel on an Argentinian chat showrecently when he made the frankly unforgivable mistake of bad-mouthing The Simpsons live on air.

Prattling on about the "awful" state of modern television, Maradona singled out The Simpsons for particular scorn, repeatedly stating for the record that he "hates" the programme and as a result "just can't watch it" (if he's talking about anything post-season 10/11, then we're inclined to agree).

Tuesday Kickoff: Pogba, Maradona and more

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After drawing strong links to Real Madrid, one of France's brightest young stars could now be set for a return to Old Trafford.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, is said to be innegotiations with Manchester United over a potential return to England. The 23-year-old came up through the Red Devils' academy and played two seasons at United, only making three senior team appearances in that span.

Let's Watch Some Soccer: Day 11

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While the European Championship continues at its breakneck pace, the Copa America is wrapping up its group stages and some big names are being knocked out. After Costa Rica and Paraguay were knocked out on Saturday, Sunday saw the biggest surprise of the tournament so far as Brazil were given the boot following a controversial 1-0 loss to Peru where the lone goal came off a hand-ball that would put Diego Maradona to shame, joining Haiti as the two sides eliminated from Group B.

Say It Ain’t So

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Lance Armstrong, Alex Rodriguez, Tyson Gay, Barry Bonds, Marion Jones, Diego Maradona, and the list goes on and on. If you don't know what all of these people have in common, you should probably get out from whatever rock you have been living under. However, in all seriousness, you don't want to be associated with.

The Fury simmers: History of Philadelphia Fury, Part Two

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Steve Holroyd's look at the history of the Philadelphia Fury continues.

Diego Maradona pictured wearing Arsenal training top

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World Cup winner Diego Maradona has been pictured wearing an Arsenal training top.

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The 1994 World Cup in USA: Build Up, Tournament & Legacy

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The 1994 World Cup in USA: Build Up, Tournament & Legacy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A country with unparalleled wealth, a football league with low viewing figures and overall a weird choice compared to the other bids to host the most famous international football competition.

Diego Maradona slates ‘devil’ Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal

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Diego Maradon has slated "devil" Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal for his treatment of Radamel Falcao. Falcao, who earns £280,000 a...

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Shit Lookalike: Diego Maradona & Pat Butcher

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By Chris Wright

According to the Mirror, this is how Diego Maradona showed up looking for a television interview in Venezuela yesterday namely, a bit like Albert Square's finest...

Ain't he pretty? So glam.

To be fair, there are also subtle shades of Ursula the Sea Witch in there too.